Focusing On The Welfare Of The Family

Allocation of parenting time, often referred to as child custody and visitation, is frequently a part of divorce proceedings. Too often these issues fail to focus on the welfare of the entire family after the dissolution of the marriage. The best interests of the children can fade, leaving the children to become one of many weapons in the battle of financial issues. At LeVine, Ehrman & Horberg Ltd., we passionately believe that this is wrong and will never let our clients or their children fall victim to such tactics.

If you and the other parent of your children have been unable to reach an agreement regarding the custody of your children, the court will decide for you. When you work with LeVine, Ehrman & Horberg Ltd., we will inform you of your rights and advise you as to how to best protect the interests of your children.

Allocation Of Parental Responsibilities And Parenting Time

Child custody can be allocated in a number of ways, with parenting responsibilities shared equally or set according to specific factors affecting the child's well-being. Most people are familiar with sole custody and joint custody, but custodial rights can further divide into:

  • Legal custody, or the power to make decisions about the child's education, health care and religion; in Illinois, this is now called "allocation of parental responsibilities"
  • Residential custody, or the actual living arrangements of the child and the rights and responsibilities associated with daily child care

Visitation, which, in Illinois, is now generally named "parenting time," can be awarded to noncustodial parents and sometimes to grandparents or other family members. A visitation schedule will be set to govern the terms of visitation, including how often the noncustodial parent or family member can see the child.

We Protect Children's Best Interests

With more than 80 years of combined experience practicing family law, the attorneys at LeVine, Ehrman & Horberg Ltd., are prepared to help you resolve your custody and visitation-related legal disputes. Our team will prepare you for any hearings, mandatory dispute resolution proceedings and custody evaluations. We are familiar with the kinds of considerations that factor into the judge's decision, and if your case goes to trial, we will do everything possible to present your parenting abilities fairly and justly before the court.

Get Started Today With A Free Consultation

Child custody and visitation disputes require you to act rationally in your child's best interests despite the stress and emotional strain of divorce. Early involvement by a family lawyer can help. Call 708-444-4333, or schedule a consultation online. We serve clients throughout the Chicago area out of our Tinley Park, Illinois, office location.